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Sketch of Edenton. --Edenton is quite a flourishing little town of some one thousand seven hundred inhabitants. It is a post town, a port of entry, and capital or Chowan county, North Carolina, and is situated at the head of Eqenton bay, which opens into Albemarle Sound, a little below the mouth of Chowan river, one hundred and fifty miles east of Raleigh. It is one of the principal towns in the Northeastern part of the State, carries on considerable trade, and is only sixty six miles south of Norfolk, Va. In June, 1852 one thousand six hundred and forty tons of shipping were owned and employed in the coast trade, and during that year three schooners, with an aggregate burthen of two hundred and fifteen tons, were built. Edenton was settled in 1716, and contains a splendid court-house, a jail, two churches--one Episcopal and one Methodist--an academy, and one printing office issuing a weekly newspaper.
The Daily Dispatch: February 20, 1862., [Electronic resource], To the soldiers from South Carolina in the army of the Potomac. (search)
The enemy in Edenton bay. Col. Wm. J. Clark, of the 24th Regiment North Carolina State Troops, writes us that on the night of the 18th instant he received intelligence, by a courier from Winton, on Chowan river, that five of the enemy's ves were in Edenton bay, but that they were making no attempt to land. From the same source, we have a contradiction of the report that an attempt had been made to burn Weldon bridge. Colonel Clarke says the bridge is carefully and completely guarded. It will be recollected that we did not state that an attempt was made to burn the bridge. Our information was derived from a Government agent on the railroad between Petersburg and Weldon, who distinctly declared that he saw the evidences of the attempt to cut the girders of the bridge, and that the train was detained full fifteen minutes in order is make the necessary and proper examinations before proceeding to cross it.
The enemy again up the Chowan river — a skirmish — C. H. Foster killed. Norfolk, Feb. 21. --The Federal forces again ascended the Chowan river on yesterday, to Winton, with several gunboats and a large number of troops. The Confederates opened a heavy fire upon them, killing and wounding a number of them. Some of the Yankees landed and burnt the town. The Southerners retired. Our loss is said to be two men and two horses killed. The humbug Congressman, C. H. Foster, was among the up the Chowan river — a skirmish — C. H. Foster killed. Norfolk, Feb. 21. --The Federal forces again ascended the Chowan river on yesterday, to Winton, with several gunboats and a large number of troops. The Confederates opened a heavy fire upon them, killing and wounding a number of them. Some of the Yankees landed and burnt the town. The Southerners retired. Our loss is said to be two men and two horses killed. The humbug Congressman, C. H. Foster, was among the Yankees k
It strikes out the pledge of public lands. From Fortress Monroe. The Northern papers publish the following in regard to affairs in North Carolina and at Fortress Monroe: The 9th New York regiment had made an expedition up the Chowan river with three gunboats, but having found the enemy in full force, returned without making an attack. Among the passengers by the Baltimore is Charles Henry Foster, who was reported killed at Winton by Southern papers. The election order have been received, in the re-election of Mr. Foster to Congress. The ordinances of the Convention were also ratified. The object of the expedition of the 9th New York regiment was to destroy the railroad bridges on the Black Water and Chowan rivers. The enemy, however, were discovered in large force at Winton, and no landing was made. The enemy fired at our gunboats, and in retaliation the town was shelled. The greater part of the Burnside Expedition wat still at Roanoke Isla
Samuel Watkins, Milton, N C, 50. J S Calvert, 10. John W Lampkin, Russell county, 20. A J Porter, Nashville, Tenn, 50. Prince George 25. Mrs--and--15. Mrs J C Murfree, 43.40. S J Harrison, proceeds of winter course of Lectures, 462.95. Mrs Lucy J Malone, proceeds of Fair, 552.70. Peter Mayo, 10. D M L, 50. Kate Ellis, 8. Wm Beale, for R H Bosher, 20. Wm H Young, Columbus, Ga, 50. A J Bowers, 20. Ladies' Aid Society, Chowan, N C, through Doct R H Winborne, 50. Robert T Hubbard, Buckingham, 10. Miss Mary and Jane Nott and Virginia Bowers, proceeds of a Fair, 42.50. B W Leigh, Mecklenburg, 20. Miss Ida and Ella Cardwell, 23. Mrs Spiller, King William, 5. Chas J Fox, 4 G W Herring, Concert in Micosakee, Fla, 67.50. Mrs Emily Rutherfoord, 30. Mrs Emily Aylett, 20 Mrs Mollie Denoon, proceeds of Fair; 120. Mr Walker, for E P Hairston, of Henry county, 100. Mrs Hen
The Daily Dispatch: August 13, 1862., [Electronic resource], [correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.] (search)
Atrocities of the enemy in the counties of Hertford and Gates, N. C. --Destruction of property — cruelty towards Unoffending citizens, &c. Gates County, N. C., Aug. 8, 1862. On the 4th instant, the enemy proceeded up the Chowan river, as far as Mr. Abm. Riddick's, where they landed and took off about 3,000 lbs. bacon hams, charging Riddick to see that not a pound was removed until they came again. They made an appropriation of the entire contents of his dairy, eating andments as far down as Elizabeth City, and enable planters to harvest their immense crops, it would be an excellent move. Several recruiting officers of Colonel Wheeler's regiment of Mounted Rangers are quietly moving among the people of Gates and Chowan, and hope that he will soon be able to take the field at the head of 1,000 effective men. Could he form a junction with Col. Dennis Ferebee, of Camden county, they would be able, with the assistance of a battery of 10 or 12 cannon, soon to drive
ortant movement of the war: Headq'rs Department of Norfolk, April 29, 1862. Gen. R. E. Lee, Commanding, &c.,General. --1 yesterday received a letter from General J. E. Johnston, informing me the enemy seems preparing to attack. Yorktown with a powerful artillery, and we may be compelled to abandon the Peninsula. He desires me to be prepared for such a contingency. For a week past the enemy has kept a brigade afloat near Elizabeth City, which can move to any position on Chowan river,--This force landed on the night of the 18th, and marched on South Mills, where they were met by the 3d Georgia regiment and four pieces of artillery, and repulsed with great loss. They have been reinforced during the week, and are now afloat to the south of me. If the enemy gets possession of the James river, and can have a moving force on it to land where he pleases, I do not see how I am to prevent them from landing; and if they get possession of the country west of this place, t
From Eastern North Carolina. On Sunday last a gunboat of the enemy ascended the Tar river to within one mile of Greenville, Pitt county, where it stopped and transferred some artillery to a flat-boat, which moved up to the town, and without opposition or resistance, the party on board, about eighty in number, took possession — They remained in the town some two hours, during which time they partially destroyed the bridge across Tar river, and retired, carrying off with them since of the citizens of the place. The town is now in possession of our forces, and all is quiet. Nov. Vance is said to be in possession of official his gence that the Yankees have left Plymouth. They are reported to have made for Chowan river, and this, taken in connection with their withdraws from Greenville, has given rise to the suspicion that their real arm is Weldon or Petersburg.
The enemy's gunboats in the Chowan. A gentleman who passed through Raleigh on Sunday last, who had been spending some days on the Chowan river and Albemarle Sound, in Bertie county. N. C., represents that an unusual number of gunboats were in the river and in the Sound near to its mouth. He further states that these gunboats had visited all the saw mills on the waters, and had carried off a large quantity of sawed lumber. This lumber, it is conjectured, is to be used in planking up the sides of their boats, so as to protect the men on them from the fire of our sharpshooters.
Prison Items. --Thirteen Yankee prisoners were brought to the Lith Prison at 3 o'clock Sunday morning from Chattanooga, Tenn. The lot included one deserter and private Peter La Duke, of the 21st Wisconsin, who was captured at Vicksburg on the 1st of February. Seven prisoners were received on Saturday from Chowan, N. C.--Jacob. Wagner, of Co. K, 14th La., was put in Castle Thunder yesterday, charged with robbery.
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